THERE ARE NO RELIGIOUS REQUIREMENTS TO ACCESS OUR OUTREACH SERVICES. ANYONE OF ANY RELIGION, FAITH, SEXUAL ORIENTATION ETC ARE SERVED NO QUESTIONS ASKED. WE ARE A HELP TO OUR CITY BECAUSE WE ARE CALED OF GOD TO DO SO AND BECAUSE WE LOVE WOODSTOCK AND ITS PEOPLE.
Everyone deserves love and companionship!
How We Started The Refuge!
One Sunday morning during prayer before church Pastor René felt the Lord saying that TOTCM would have a ministry that would care for the homeless and drug addicted that would be called the Refuge. The church decided to begin vision meetings that went no where. Several months later on a very cold and stormy winters day, Pastor stepped into her nice warm building and decided that it was ridiculous to have all of this space sit empty while people were struggling and cold. So she called Rob Montgomery into her office and told him we would be opening our doors the following week. They went into high gear preparing for a one day a week respite from the elements. While Pastor René was on a weekend getaway, Covid hit full force and the shut down began. Without a second thought, she called for the Refuge to open its doors five days a week to make sure our friends had a warm place to be and meals every day. Many sacrifices have been made by many people to ensure the safety of our friends that visit the Refuge, and it has been well worth it. We have continued to serve our community in this way with some amendments. Now that society has opened up again, and for respect for downtown businesses, we have gone mobile. We cook on site at our building called The River on Dundas St. Woodstock. We then transport food to different locations such as tent encampments. We have been able to partner with others to help many of our friends get into rehab. All of our services are free and are run by many volunteers. See below for a comprehensive list of the services we offer.
THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION AT THE REFUGE. NO MATTER WHAT WALK OF LIFE, ALL ARE WELCOME.
ANY PERSON OF ANY FAITH OR LACK THERE OF, ANY SEXUAL ORIENTATION, ANY BACKGROUND WHATSOEVER ARE WELCOME TO RECEIVE OUR SERVICES.
There is an amazing team of volunteers working along side our lead ministers, each of them with their own story and so much love for our friends!
See home page for pictures of love in action.
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What we offer to those experiencing homelessness and current drug addiction:
- Lunch every week day
- Court Support
- Limited practical needs ex. sleeping bags, coats, hats, mitts, hot paws, etc
- Support and resources for those ending incarceration
- Personal mentorship for those wishing to overcome addition and poverty
- Assistance facilitating family reconciliation
- FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, BELONGING, LOVE
- Connection to other resources and community supports
- Help getting into rehab in other cities